CAIRO - A female Muslim chaplain at a British hospital has been shortlisted to be awarded for her efforts in providing religious and spiritual care to patients.
I feel humbled and privileged as a finalist in the Religious Advocate Of the year category as this nomination has come as a complete surprise to me, Shaheen Kauser told Telegraph & Argus on Sunday, January 27.
Kauser, a chaplain at Bradford Teaching Hospitals, was shortlisted to receive the British Muslim Awards for her effort to provide religious and spiritual care to patients.
Working as a Muslim chaplain for Bradford Teaching Hospitals and knowing your help is appreciated means everything to me, she said.
Ensuring dignity and respect and providing religious and spiritual care, with compassion at all times is what I strive for every day.
The awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 29.
Other nominees include Iman Abdul Jalil Sajid from Brighton Islamic Missions, Sheikh Bilal Khan from Dome Advisory, Iman Monawar Hussain from Oxford Foundation and Ajmal Masroor from Barefoot Institute.
The British Muslim Awards are meant to recognize a wide range of achievements which cover various aspects of society including business, charity, sport, arts and culture.
The ceremony will be one of celebration, reflecting the significant role that Britain's Muslim have in society.
The first year of the Awards aims to have over 500 present from across the British genre and intend to be a yearly celebration.
Founders say the awards aim to highlight the achievements of British Muslims in their country.
We have some truly inspirational individuals who are proud to be Muslim and British, Irfan Younis, director of Oceanic Consulting, founders of the British Muslim Awards, said.
And this is the first time their efforts and achievements are being recognised in such a public way.
Younis said that the Muslim Awards have won widespread support in Britain.
We would like to thank the public for the fantastic response we received. I would also like to congratulate all of the finalists.
Britain is home to a Muslim community of nearly 2.5 million.
In 2011, think-tank Demo found that Muslims in the United Kingdom are more patriotic than the rest of population.
Responding to the statement I am proud to be a British citizen, 83% of Muslims said they are proud of being British.
The percentage came higher than average across the population which scored only 79%.A recent report by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex revealed that the Muslim minority in Britain is more likely consider themselves British than their white counterparts.